Derry / London Heathrow route safe – Murphy

Economy Minister Conor Murphy has today announced funding to secure the continuity of flights from City of Derry Airport (CODA) to London Heathrow.


Economy Minister Conor Murphy pictured at City of Derry Airport with its manager Steve Fraser and Infrastructure Minister John O'Dowd

Funded jointly by the Department for Transport and the Department for the Economy, the line provides a vital link from the North West to London. The £1.018m funding starts for one year on 1 April 2024, with Loganair airline continuing to operate 20 return flights per week.

The Minister said:

“Funding this route between City of Derry Airport and London Heathrow was an early priority for me as Economy Minister. The route connects North West London, enabling thousands of people to travel to work and business. This investment also protects the jobs of airport workers and their families.

„I look forward to working with the airport and my colleague, Infrastructure Minister John O'Dowd, to develop CoDA as part of building the North West economy.”

Infrastructure Minister John O'Dowd said:

„Our ports and airports play a vital role in our local economy and are key regional drivers of economic growth. I am committed to working with the Economy Minister to hear the case put forward by Derry City and Strabane District Council for support for Coda, and to work with other executives to find ways to support our airports.

Welcoming today's announcement, Derry Airport Managing Director Steve Fraser said:

„Continuing this link from City of Derry Airport to London Heathrow is vital for the North West to support our economic growth and enhance our business and tourism opportunities. Combined with fast and convenient access to central London, this route provides onward connectivity to 119 destinations in 56 countries. Minister Murphy's announcement today Thanks to this key route now being protected, improved regional connectivity will help drive our inward investment and growth opportunities across the North West.

„We very much welcome Minister O'Dowd's arrival and look forward to working with his department to finalize a support package that will ensure the airport continues to contribute to our region's economic growth for some years to come. Ministers cannot do that without us.

Notes for Teachers:

1. Photo Caption – Economy Minister Conor Murphy pictured with its manager Steve Fraser and Infrastructure Minister John O'Dowd at City of Derry Airport following the announcement of funding to secure the continuity of flights from Derry Airport to London Heathrow.

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